Eng­land pick a front row to bat­tle pow­er­ful Ar­gentina

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been tipped to re­place now in­jured prop Mako Vunipola but found him­self among the re­place­ments in­stead.

Cor­bisiero de­mol­ished the Aus­tralia front-row dur­ing the Li­ons’ third Test win in Syd­ney in July, scor­ing the open­ing try in a crush­ing 41-16 vic­tory that sealed a 2-1 tri­umph.

How­ever, it was Mar­ler, as he’d done dur­ing last week’s match, who re­placed loose­head prop Vunipola, with hooker Hart­ley com­ing in for new father Tom Youngs and Wil­son re­plac­ing Dan Cole.

Lan­caster, asked if he was tak­ing a gam­ble in se­lect­ing Wil­son ahead of Cole, replied: “No, I don’t think so at all. He was out­stand­ing in Ar­gentina for us in the sum­mer (when Eng­land, with­out all their Li­ons and rested cap­tain Chris Robshaw, won a two-Test se­ries 2-0) and his good form has con- tin­ued with Bath this sea­son.

Turn­ing to Ar­gentina’s scrum, Lan­caster said: “It is a big part of their game and it will be a great chal­lenge but we’ve got a very good scrum our­selves.

“It’s nice to have those three (Youngs, Cole and Cor­bisiero) on the bench to come on,” added Lan­caster, who will want more of a cut­ting edge from a back divi­sion where the only change sees Ben Fo­den in on the wing af­ter in­juries ruled out both Mar­land Yarde and Chris­tian Wade.

Ar­gentina, how­ever, are keen to prove there is more to their game than the scrum af­ter fin­ish­ing bot­tom of the Rugby Cham­pi­onship.

New coach Daniel Hour­cade’s side boasts more than 400 caps, with new cap­tain Juan Manuel Leguiza­mon, lead­ing the team in the ab­sence of the in­jured Juan Martin Fer­nan­dez Lobbe, joined by the likes of Le­ices­ter loose­head prop Mar­cos Ay­erza and Sara­cens cen­tre Marcelo Bosch.

“We’re build­ing for the 2015 World Cup (in Eng­land) and the young play­ers can learn from the more ex­pe­ri­enced ones,” Hour­cade said.

“We are go­ing to be more of­fen­sive and at­tack Eng­land a lit­tle bit more than we usu­ally do,” added Hour­cade, who took over af­ter San­ti­ago Phe­lan quit last month. – AFP

ALEX COR­BISIERO

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